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Scientia Trust - Cinema Archive Fund


Wellingtonian, George Eiby was a man of wide interests.  A noted seismologist who worked for most of his life at the former Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), he became known internationally as New Zealand’s foremost authority on historical earthquakes.  He was also active in fostering the development of seismology both in New Zealand and in the wider South West Pacific region.  “Earthquakes”, a book he wrote in 1957, ran to five editions and became a standard textbook on the subject.

Privately, his interests included stagecraft, music and cinema.  He was an authority on the history of theatre buildings, stage scenery and stagecraft, producing more than 25 plays for Unity Theatre and other amateur theatre groups and making over 100 set designs.  As well as being a keen musician and exhibitor of photographs and sketches, he was a founder member of the Wellington Film Society and served a term as Vice President of the Federation of Film Societies.


Funding Objectives

The Scientia Trust – Cinema Archive Fund was established through the will of George Eiby on 15 February 1993.

Under the terms of his will, George Eiby directed the trustee to establish a Trust Fund to encourage the growth and use of the New Zealand Film Archive by making grants to either add to its material, or improve the safety, cataloguing or accessibility of its material, or by encouraging research based on that material, or other films made in New Zealand, or about New Zealand Subjects.


Funding Amount and Time Frames

  • Applications to be considered as a recipient for funding are assessed as funds permit. The next granting cycle will be from Tuesday 4th June 2019 to Monday 24th June 2019.
  • The amount to be distributed this year is approximately $12,000.
  • All applications must be completed online.
  • The length of the assessment process is dependent on the volume of applications and all applicants are notified of the decision. We expect to confirm the outcome of applications within 6-8 weeks of the closing date of applications.  During the assessment period, trustees may request further clarification from the applicant regarding their application.


Regrettably, due to the number of applications received, we are unable to provide detailed feedback on unsuccessful applications. Please note the decision of the Trustee is final and not subject to any appeals process.



Click on the following grant button to start your application.

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